PhD-position in automated sleep data analysis

Copenhagen University

Denmark

October 24, 2021

Description

Department of Neuroscience

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

We are offering a PhD fellowship in sleep data analysis commencing January 2022.

Our group and research The Kornum Lab explores sleep biology in health and disease. Our focus is to understand sleep-wake neurophysiology and how the immune system affects the sleep regulating networks of the brain. We are particularly interested in the hypocretin/orexin neurons, their signaling, and their involvement in the sleep disorder narcolepsy and in sleep-wake regulation during sickness in general. More information about the group can be found at our lab site (www. molecularsleeplab.dk) and at the department webpage (https: // in.ku.dk/).

Project description The aim of this project is to develop, test and implement deep learning methods for automatic scoring of sleep recordings in mice.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Birgitte Rahbek Kornum, Department of Neuroscience, E-mail: kornum@sund.ku.dk.

Start: Jan 1 2022

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

Job description Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Take part in the daily life of the research group

  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points

  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching at bachelor- and master courses at SUND to a minor extend
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
  • Key criteria for the assessment of applicants Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master's degree related to the subject area of the project. Applicants must also have previous experience with analyzing sleep EEG recordings from mice, previous experience with machine learning methods and previous working experience from a neuroscience environment.

    Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Previous publications
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in systems neuroscience
  • Language skills
  • Place of employment The place of employment is at Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include fully equipped modern laboratories for both in vitro and in vivo neuroscience.

    Terms of employment The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

    It is conditioned upon the applicant's success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project.

    The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27,871 DKK /approx. 3,747 EUR (October 2021-level) plus pension.

    Questions For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website: https: // healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

    Application procedure Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now' below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

    2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

    3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

    4. Publication list (if possible)

    Application deadline: Oct 24 2021, 23.59pm CET

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

    The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

    Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

    You can read about the recruitment process at https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

    The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.